First of all I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book in ebook format in exchange for an honest review. (Woar, what a long...moreFirst of all I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book in ebook format in exchange for an honest review. (Woar, what a long sentence!)
I love the story of Hades and Persephone so I was eager to read a modern retelling of this story. I really liked this book. The characters were interesting and their actions understandable. I personally liked Thanatos the most. I liked the setting and the whole concept of a "friendly" underworld since that stayed true to the original greek concept of the afterlife. Which brings us to another pro point for this book: The mythology. The story had it's unique touch while always staying true to the original myth of Persephone. ( I especially liked what the author did with the whole Orpheus myth, since I always thought of this one as my favourite)
The romance though felt a little rushed and I could not really understand the (view spoiler)[change Hades went through (hide spoiler)]. The ending itself was maybe a little too much romance for me, but that is just a subjective thought and may be (or definitely is) because of the fact that I am not that much into romance stories.
Over all the writing style was redeable and the pace very good. I just sometimes felt that I "outgrew" the whole genre which made me read slowlier. I am really sorry that this book was the one that made me figure this out, since I would have really enjoyed and loved it had I read it 2 years ago. But that is definitely not the fault of the book! The book was really good and had a great story.
Oh and one thing that was really great about this book? That twist at the end? I definitely did not see that coming and it was a great cliffhanger! A recommendation for all YA paranormal romance fans out there!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
At first I want to thank the publisher for making me able to read this book via Netgalley
When I started readig this book I thought it would be a funny...moreAt first I want to thank the publisher for making me able to read this book via Netgalley
When I started readig this book I thought it would be a funny read and different from other demon books. After all we are talking about a girl that lives in the attic of a church (which is pretty cool by the way), has a preacher father with a TV show that thinks all vegetarians are abominations, and tries to summon demons using a twister matt with a pentagramm she painted onto the back of it and ingredients she got via ebay. Than the demons entered the picture and I changed my mind a little thinking this book may be darker than expected. It is not, which kind of disappointed me a little. I really like evil demons but I am always open for some funny ones, too. I am a huge fan of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimäus books for example. But the further I got with this book the more frustrated I got. The demons are so far from evil it actually hurts. You could consider this a pro point for being fresh and new but with them constantly refering to themselves as evil it is definitely a minus point.
I had a few other minus points on my notes in the begining but the overall funny atmosphere overshadowed them.
Sometimes I got the feeling the book tried to hard to be funny and the constant poop-jokes were really anoying. After half of the book I got a little bored, too, since the story did not feel like picking up any pace. The plot seemed to slow down with each page and the ending was really forseeable. The last twist was, in my opinion, not shocking at all. The motivation of the characters was really confusing for me, too. I could not understand what they were all about and the romance felt really forced. The only one I really liked was the little side kick. He was funny and negative, like a real demon. But the characters themselves, except from their motivations, were interesting enough to keep me reading and stopped me from droping the book halfway through.
I scrolled through some other reviews on goodreads and people were complaining about all the swearing in the book. I did not mind the swearing in the first half of the novel. But after the second poop joke I kind of got bored by all the swearing, too. It felt forced.
I think the over all problem I had with this book was the fact that most of the jokes were not funny for me. It started reading good, I thought I would end up with a 5 star review but in the second half the negative points just got to much to be ignored.
Funny moments cannot carry a story alone when the rest is missing. I think that is the problem this book has.
But if you are looking for a light and funny read, and if you think poop-jokes are funny, this book is definitely a recommendation for you(less)
Special thanks to the publisher Month9Books who approved my request via Netgalley.
I think it is really hard to write a review for a book you liked so...moreSpecial thanks to the publisher Month9Books who approved my request via Netgalley.
I think it is really hard to write a review for a book you liked so much than writing a review for a book you did not like at all. Bashing things you hate is always easy but actually finding the words to aknowledge something you want the world to read is really really hard. So before I go into much detail let me just say one thing: If you are into paranormal books that are a little darker, if you are into love stories and knights in shining armour, if you are into books that leave you breathless craving more than go and read this book. Like seriously, read it now!
I was so hooked by this story! I did not expect to like the book so much, I have to honestly say that the whole "Highschool-drama-thing" made me think I would dislike this story. So I thought about giving it only 4 out of 5 stars. But the ending was so great and the positive points definitely outweighed the negative points. Therefore I went with 5 of 5 stars. Here are some of the positive points:
I really liked the characters. They felt real, like actual people I met in school and not characters out of a book. None of them was really the villain or the hero. Everyone made mistakes and did things they later regreted. Or acted honorable and did things because they were the right thing to do. They all were really three dimensional, which is always a huge pro point on my list.
I really loved the atmosphere. Quinn encounters demons, Aaron has psychic powers, and nightmares wait behind every corner. All these things come to life between the pages and are described in a beautiful, picturesque and none the less easy to read writing style.
The idea felt unique and fresh. I cannot say much about the idea without getting the feeling I spoiler you all. But it definitely was something different.
But the main reason you all need to read this story? Because I need to talk to someone about that ending! Oh, that ending! The whole next paragraph can be considered as a spoiler, so read with caution! You know those endings were everything works out perfectly, everyone is happy, and all loose ends are tied together perfectly? Yeah? Do not expect that. This ending leaves you hanging. I actually screamed "What? You cannot stop now!" so loud that my mom heard me over the TV. (Which is like a little miracle since she's getting a little old and turns up the volume a little too much) I love those kind of endings because they make you want more. All in all this book felt like the beginning of a series since everything in it was building up for the final moment. And that final moment was huge! Seriously, I would just love to keep writing about the shock I felt when the big reveal/twist came up. Through the whole book I got this feeling you have, when you're angry at the characters because they do not see what seems so obvious to you. You feel safe because despite all the demons and nightmares going on in this story (which are all described so beautiful and vivid I actually shivered from time to time) you know that you figured the ending out and everything will get better. And then - BAM - the ending happens. I really did not see that coming and I often figure out how a story ends.
At first I considered it a rather light read, wich is kind of strange since it's not a light story. Maybe that's just because I enjoy reading it so much. I can connect with the charactes and their feelings of despair.
So in conclusion: This book is tragic, sad, dark, and romantic all in one. I recommend it to fans of the paranormal YA Genre, and even to those who don't consider themselves YA anymore. Just read it! (less)
**spoiler alert** I would really love to write a spoiler free review of this book, but I cannot do it because that would mean I am not allowed to talk...more**spoiler alert** I would really love to write a spoiler free review of this book, but I cannot do it because that would mean I am not allowed to talk about all these awesome things that happened. And it is one of these hard to write reviews where all I want to say is: It is awesome, go and read it! And before I start to completely fangirl over this book and the fact that I can now see the movie (yay!) let's get some facts straight:
The writing style was good but I sometimes felt it was a little too casual. That on the other hand made sense since it was told from the point of view of a teenager. And maybe it put me off from time to time because I just outgrew this kind of thinking... The idea and plot was really great. I loved the whole trust-no one-thing. Usually plots like this are really forseeable for me but I have to say that when it comes to this book I have no single clue who to trust. They all do not seem trustworthy enough for me. I really adored the characters! Especially Lesley the lovely side kick :) She was so cute and tried to help as best as she could. My friends are amazing but I would not mind having her in our clique, too.
And now: May the fangirling begin! (This is where the descent review ends)
I just love the first kiss scene! Not the one at the end of the book where they are in the church. But the first one, when she jumps through time the second time and sees herself kissing Gideon. It was clear from the begining that these two would end up together. And I really hate it when a romance story is so obvious to the reader but the main characters just do not get it. Because of that little scene the awkward I-kind-of-no-who-you-will-end-up-with turned into actual knowing which, in my opinion, turned the whole thing around and I really liked that.
I have a very great theory about Gwen's heritage and the whole mystery about Lucy and Paul. For me it is really clear that they are the true parents of Gwen. Lucy stayed with Gwen's mum until she gave birth to her and then ran away with Paul. We already know that those two are in love and that they want to stop the Circle from completing the ritual. It would definitely explain why Paul is so protective over Gwen, why she is the only girl in her line with black hair (Ned Stark's rule of hair colour based gen tests always works!), and why Lucy says she looks like him. It makes perfect sence. And i just love Lucy and Paul together. The whole "Marrying on the Titanic"-thing was drop dead gorgeous. I just love the book. Therefore I am more than desperate to get my hands on the next book and find out how their story continues. The ending had a really mean cliff hanger that was not really a cliff hanger.
The only thing that got me really confused was the fact that everyone was talking about Gwen having magic and she said she does not have magic though she is the only one that can see ghosts. Does that not count as magic? But if I am alowed to speculate about the next two books: I am sure it is a good thing no one knows this detail.
Fun Fact: When Gwen's mom tells her about the wardens for the first time she mentions Karl of Hessen-Kassel as one of it's former members. That may be not important for you and I am only bringing it up because I lIVE in Hessen-Kassel :D
And I just have to say: I am a little proud that this is a German book that got turned into a movie. You know I do not know many German authors that are succesful abored. Two would cross my mind right now: Kai Meyer and Cornelia Funke, maybe even Wolfgang Hohlbein. But the majority of these worldwide bestsellers you hear about in the blogosphere are Amercian or English. And do not get me wrong I think one of the great things about globalization (maybe the only great thing)is the fact that I am able to read all those amazing books. It is just nice to know that a few people are holding up the flag of my hometime, too :)
And now I am off to see the movie so I can give you guys a full book to movie review :) Love and Words KJ(less)
This book made me believe in Alyson Noels writing again. It is a short story wich tells the first meeting of Ever and Damon from her bestselling the I...moreThis book made me believe in Alyson Noels writing again. It is a short story wich tells the first meeting of Ever and Damon from her bestselling the Immortals series. The Immortals books are told from Evers point of fiew and this story is told in Damons point of view. I read the first book in the Immortals series but never got to finish the second one.
First of, I just love the setting. Paris in 1608 is a place I would love to visit. I like Damons art of telling the story more than Evers. Do not get me wrong, I like Ever... a little. But Damon is in my opinion a really great and deep character. It was fun to get in his mind, even just for a few pages.
It would have been even greater if Drina hat a bigger part in the story, since she is three dimensional and an interesting character, too, though in a completely different way.
I'm thinking about picking the next book in the series up again and finally finishing it. Once more Alyson Noel left me desperate for more and I can understand again, why I loved Evermore so much.(less)
This book captures the charm and witt of the TV series. It is as funny as the series and the characters are as belivable and loveable. You can really...moreThis book captures the charm and witt of the TV series. It is as funny as the series and the characters are as belivable and loveable. You can really imagine your favorite Demonhunters act like they do in this book. For all fans of the series it will be great to finally find out so much about Mary Winchester, her parents and how she met John. I personally liked the fact, that all three generations of Winchesters fought the same ghost. I liked to compare their acting, family similarities and differences. I loved reading something about Dean and Sam as children since it explains, especially on Deans side, why he acts the way he does. For everyone who doesn't know this series I do not recommend this book as a start. Don't get me wrong, everyone should start this series. But Heart of the Dragon will just confuse you if you do not know the background of the last four seasons of Supernatural. All those names, people and events reffered to will surely destroy the fun for anyone who does not know what happened before. I read and reviewed another Supernatural book called "Witch's Canyon" and as I said there I have to admitt there are some things I did not like. The book has many details, acting, setting, and everything else. In a normal scene that helps to imagine how it would be in a TV series. But in really thrilling scenes, dark scenes, fight scenes, and most important ghost scenes that just takes the thrill away.
But anyway I still recommend this book to fans of the series who just cannot get enough of the Winchesters. Everyone else should start at the beginning, the first season, not with this book. (less)
Well I have to admit that this is not going to be a really long review. I liked the book. That's it. I liked it, nothing more to say. I wouldn't say i...moreWell I have to admit that this is not going to be a really long review. I liked the book. That's it. I liked it, nothing more to say. I wouldn't say it's really as good as the series. I liked the story and it was really tense but there were too many details. That destroyed the athmosphere. I do not need to know every single thing about some side-character who dies after three pages. It got to long and therefore the story wasn't as scary as the first seasons of the show. That's the only really negative thing about this book. Nicely written, I loved the characters, but I knew that before I read the book ;) The characters in the book are acting like their Tv-counterparts and I was able to picture everything clearly. So this doesn't really count as a review anyway, it's more like a comment. Maybe I get to it later :D(less)
When i started this book I wanted to set sales and leave home, for a journey into distant countries full with magic, fantasy, and a lot of words. Now I...moreWhen i started this book I wanted to set sales and leave home, for a journey into distant countries full with magic, fantasy, and a lot of words. Now I'm back and I can't say I'm disappointed. But I'm not totally thrilled either. I can't tell you the exact reason why, but this book didn't get me as hooked as other fantasy books before. Maybe my expectations for fantasy is always a little high, since I grew up with the Lord of the Rings.
Dawn Cook, who you might know as Kim Harrison is able to write a book in this genre without making the reader think "Oh, we already had that", half a dozen times. This plot seems to be new and thrilling. New lands, a new kind of magic and even more important new creatures await you within these books. The setting is a place where magic still exists, but most people think it's all just a legend. People called the Keepers learn to use magic in a secret place in the mountains called, the Hold. I really like the two main characters Alissa and Strell and how they're fighting all the time :) They are threedimensional and really funny. And i even liked the villain a lot.
Though it did not get me hooked as much as others, I'm definitely reading the rest of the series. The cliffhanger is interesting but not to "cliffy".
I can’t tell you more, simply because I do not know what else to say. Something in this book didn’t work with me. And I can’t remember what. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good but light fantasy read. (less)
I expected the best from this book, since the other two were just plain awesome. And I'm not disappointed! It's really hard to write this comment, just...moreI expected the best from this book, since the other two were just plain awesome. And I'm not disappointed! It's really hard to write this comment, just minutes after finishing the book, because I want to talk about the end so desperately it hurts! But I can't tell you the end, can I? Cassandra Clare wrote a fulminate third book to a wonderful series. If I remember right The Mortal Instruments was planned as a trilogy and this book would have been a perfect ending. But anyway I'm just really glad the series continues. The twists and turns are unbelievable! During the middle I had a feeling, like in the first book, that I already knew the deep dark secret and the protagonists Clary and Jace were just not able to see, what I saw. Despite that feeling the twists that followed just got me hooked even more. Cassandra Clare creates a wonderful world that lives through its details. The world of the shadowhunters is rich with myths, beliefs and traditions. But the little details got me even more. The fact that a raven is named after Hugin, the messanger of the norse god Odin, or that one character reads Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki, in my opinion the best angel story ever written, make the characters and the world they live in become a lot realer. Cassandra Clare put a lot of work, research and thinking into this novel, which makes every chapter even better. I can only imagine how much time she spend just on finding the right quotes for the begining of every section. Quotes, that capture the moment perfectly. The characters, which I learned to love in the first two books, return to a dangerous world facing not just their enemies but their own feelings as well. Those feelings are portraited in a wonderful way and captured understandable. I, as the reader, can empathize with the characters, with the ones I love and with the ones I hate. Throughout the whole story I was desperate to find out how it ended and though I did not read the entire book in one session the story followed me everywhere. Well, I honestly don't know what else I can say except: Read the series! I recommend it for people that like romance stories and paranormal fantasy, where the world is in danger.(less)
Das Buch trägt den Namen Blutsschwestern und im Mittelpunkt steht die junge Rose. Sie ist eine Dhampirin, halb Mensch halb Vampir, und wir auf der Sch...moreDas Buch trägt den Namen Blutsschwestern und im Mittelpunkt steht die junge Rose. Sie ist eine Dhampirin, halb Mensch halb Vampir, und wir auf der Schule St. Vladimir ausgebildet, um eines Tages eine Wächterin zu werden. In der Welt des Buches gibt es neben Dhampiren und Menschen nämlich noch zwei Arten von Vampiren: Die guten Moroi, die eine Affinität zu den Elementen haben und die untoten Strigoi.
Da Strigoi liebend gerne Moroi-Blut trinken müssen diese vor ihnen beschützt werden. Deswegen gibt es die Wächter. Rose trainiert hart, damit sie eines Tages als Wächterin ihrer besten Freundin Lissa zugeteilt wird. Lissa ist das letzte lebende Mitglied einer einst angesehenen Moroi Königsfamilie.
Rose zur Seite steht ihr Ausbilder Dimitri, der auf Rose eine ganz besondere Anziehung ausübt. Doch die Mauern von St. Vladimir sind nicht so sicher, wie alle denken und auch in den eigenen Reihen gibt es manche, die nur ihre eigenen Interessen verfolgen...
3 Gründe für Vampire Academy:
1. Es sticht in der heutigen Flut von Vampirbüchern positiv heraus.
2. Man kann mit den Charakteren sehr gut mitfühlen und es wird nie langweilig.
3. Die Autorin Richelle Mead hat einen erfrischenden Schreibstil der den Leser schon von der ersten Seite an gefangen hält und nicht mehr .loslässt.
Manche sagen, VA würde wie viele andere Bücher auf der Welle des Vampirhypes mitschwimmen und es ist wirklich schwer, bei dem großen Angebot die wirklich guten herauszupicken, doch Vampire Academy steht ganz oben auf der Liste.(less)
Not many books leave me speechless, because I'm someone who has always something to say, about everything. Not many...moreScroll down for the German review:
Not many books leave me speechless, because I'm someone who has always something to say, about everything. Not many books make really shiver. Not many books make me read them in just one night without looking at the clock once. Not many books make me turn on the light because I'm actually scared in the dark.
Bad Blood did all that and it didn't even need to try hard. The story is not just interesting or strange it is fascinating. The book is dark mysterious and exciting up to a point where your own heart races, though you are still sitting curled up in a blanket at your favorite reading-place. It has great characters and a great storyline, the writing is just breathtaking. This book is not something for everyone, but nevertheless everyone should try it. It is just spellbinding, again I'm speechless. Definitely one of the best books I have ever read
Deutsch: Nicht viele Bücher machen mich sprachlos, denn ich bin ein Mensch, der eigentlich immer zu allem etwas zu sagen hat. Nicht viele Bücher bereiten mir Gänsehaut. Nicht viele Bücher sorgen dafür, dass ich sie in einer Nacht lese ohne auch nur einmal auf die Uhr zu sehen. Nicht viele Bücher sorgen dafür, dass ich das Licht anmache, weil mir die Dunkelheit tatsächlich Angst bereitet.
Böses Blut hat all das getan und es musste sich noch nicht einmal anstrengen.
Die Geschichte ist nicht nur interessant oder seltsam, sie ist faszinierend. Das Buch ist dunkel, mysteriös und spannend bis zu dem Punkt, an dem dein eigenes Herz wie wild schlägt, obwohl du immernoch gemütlich an deinem Lieblingsleseplatz sitzt.
Es hat nicht nur eine großartige Geschichte sondern auch großartige Charaktere. Der Stild er Autorin ist einfach nur atemberaubend. Ich weiß nicht genau wie sie es macht, aber es gelingt ihr eine wunderbare Atmosphere zu erschaffen.
Dieses Buch ist definitiv nicht für jeden geeignet, aber dennoch sollte es jeder probieren. Es ist einfach nur bezaubernd, wieder bin ich sprachlos.
Eines der besten Bücher unserer Zeit. Und das sage ich ohne zu übertreiben.
This book is a must have for all die-hard The Vampire Diaries fans, but it is also interesting and informative for total...moreScroll down for German review
This book is a must have for all die-hard The Vampire Diaries fans, but it is also interesting and informative for total beginners. A Visitors Guide to Mystic Falls takes a closer look to the topic presented in the series and tries to answer important questions like "Who is really the bad guy?" Famous authors like Cassandra Clare wrote twelve essays about the Vampire Diaries and Red and Vee from the number one TVD Fansite edited and commented this special collection. A Visitors Guide... Shows what is different between the show and the books and it encourages the reader to actually think about the series. It digs deeper and shows what is really behind the topics. You will find essays with whom you totally agree as well as essays you won't like at all. This Book also shines a light on why Vampires are so important and famous in modern Pop-culture comparing the Vampire Diaries not just to modern tales like Buffy the Vampyre Slayer or Twilight but also to much older classics like Polidori's "The Vampyr" or Stoker's "Dracula". It will bring much joy for fans of TVD and may be interesting for Vampire fans in general.Though it was published in the gap between the fist and the second season it will also help making the waiting time for season three shorter. A recommendation for every fan and those who always wanted to know why a story like this could get so famous.
Dieses Buch ist ein "Must Have" für alle großen Vampire Diaries Fans, aber es ist genauso interessant und informativ für Leute, die gerade erst damit beginnen die Serie zu sehen. Das Buch nimmt die zentralen Themen der Serie genauer in Augenschein und versucht wichtige Fragen zu beantworten, wie "Wer ist eigentlich wirklich der böse?" Berühmte Autoren wie Cassandra Clare, die gerade mit ihrer Serie "The Mortal Instruments" auch hier in Deutschland Erfolge feiert, haben 12 Aufsätze zu den verschiedensten Vampire Diaries-Themen geschrieben. Da dieses Buch jedoch schon etwas älter ist wird nur die erste Staffel abgedeckt. Diese Sammlung zeigt die Unterschiede zwischen den Büchern und der Serie und ermuntert die Leser einmal genauer darüber nachzudenken, was sie da wöchentlich im Fernsehen präsentiert bekommen. Es gräbt sehr tief und zeigt, was wirklich hinter den Themen steckt. Während des Lesen stimmt man manchen präsentierten Meinung vielleicht völlig zu, während man andere komplett ablehnt.
Dieses Buch versucht außerdem zu erklären, warum Vampire so berühmt und wichtig für die moderne Pop-Kultur sind indem es The Vampire Diaries nicht nur mit modernen Geschichten wie "Buffy the Vampyre Slayer" oder "Twilight" sondern auch mit den viel älteren Klassikern wie John Polidories "The Vampyr" oder Bram Stokers "Dracula" vergleicht. Es wird Fans der Serie große Freude bereiten dieses Buch zu lesen und ist sicherlich auch für Vampire Freunde generell ein interessanter Lesestoff. Eine Empfehlung für, natürlich, alle Fans und auch die, die schon immer mal wissen wollten wie solch eine Geschichte so berühmt werden konnte.(less)
1. Die Spannung, man ertappt sich beim Lesen selber dabei, sich umzusehen und sich zu vergewissern, dass man auch wirklich all...more3 Gründe für Wolfsgier:
1. Die Spannung, man ertappt sich beim Lesen selber dabei, sich umzusehen und sich zu vergewissern, dass man auch wirklich allein ist.
2. Die Atmosphäre. Es gelingt der Autorin wunderbar Bilder heraufzubeschwören. Vollkommen egal, ob sie einen in die dunklen Gassen des nächtlichen Londons 1886 entführt, in die menschenleeren Moore oder die gruselige Irrenanstalt.
3. Das Ende. Denn so erwartet es bestimmt niemand. Es ist überraschend, aber es passt trotzdem zum Rest der Geschichte, ohne jetzt zu sehr aus der Luft gegriffen zuwirken.(less)